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Studying for BDS

Published Jan 19, 2013 03:16am


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PRESTIGIOUS medical universities are attracting overwhelming crowds of medical students for MBBS every year. Each student wants to become an MBBS doctor. My question to all medical students is: why don’t they opt for BDS (dentistry)? Why don’t they think it is a reputable profession?

In other countries it is considered a most respectable job, so why not in Pakistan? According to reports, there is only one dentist for 10,000 patients in Karachi.

Each university admits more than 100 students for MBBS; but for BDS, hardly 50 students and that too because they do not get admission in MBBS.

A few of the parents also discourage their children to take dentistry as their career. They rather force them to go for MBBS studies, probably because after MBBS the number of specialisation fields is greater as compared to BDS.

That may not be true. Dentistry allows graduates of BDS to start practice with reasonable remuneration, which may not be the case for an MBBS without postgraduation.

Thus, a large number of MBBS graduates end up taking other professions after completing their studies and not getting a respectable living in their area of specialisation.


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Aisha Jan 19, 2013 01:17pm
It's flawed thinking as in all other things in the country. Overseas dental is being given more preference as you do four years and get into working. Plus a dentist with a bds makes far more money than a doctor with Mbbs. Dentists are the highest paid profession making even more money than barristers. Even in Pakistan good dentists are making crazy money just a couple of years after completing their four years bds compared to doctors who have to study at least 5 years.
Ali Fayyaz Jan 19, 2013 12:37pm
I don't agree with you as the demand of dentistry is all over the world and it is a booming career for the students. I think your column will merely hurt the feelings of the aspirants who are looking forward for their career in dentistry. I completely agree with the statement you have written for the MBBS interests and its wide and variant open fields but it does not mean that dentistry does not have wide and open fields. One can get more specific in research and studying dentistry can led him toward targeting specific are which will eventually open new gates for a student. Applying abstract rules to specific situations is a different skill.